Out Of Order

God_the_GeometerOne of the most obvious untruths in the Christian Bible can be found at the very beginning. If one compares the Genesis creation story to scientific fact, the whole thing just falls apart. What becomes obvious is that the Bible was not divinely inspired by a Creator. Why? Because the order of events is all wrong, and the laws of physics are laughably violated. There is an order to how things work in the cosmos. And like it or not, it’s how things have to work. If the Bible was divinely inspired by the god who created the universe, then it would have an accurate account of that creation. It does not, and therefore the Bible cannot be divinely inspired unless God is either incompetent or an outright liar. Let’s take a day-by-day look at what Genesis (KJV) has to say, compared to how we know “Creation” had to have occurred.

 

 

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

There is so much wrong here. First you’ll note that the Sun has not yet been created. Planets form around a star like our own Sun. A star forms from a massive cloud of dust and gas. This cloud is spinning and a lot of the lighter elements (mostly hydrogen and helium) are spun away, along with massive clouds of dust and even ice. It is this spin-off that forms the planets. Planets do not form without a star. And according to Genesis, our Sun had not been created at this point. As to “Let there be light” this is likely just the ignorance of the author. These were primitive people with no knowledge of how nature worked. And again, this is strong evidence that the scriptures were not inspired by a Creator.

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

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The notion of a “Firmament” is among the most absurd of the Bible’s absurdities. A big dome that sits above a flat Earth with water all around. Supposedly much of the water from the biblical Great Flood came from above the Firmament when the “windows of Heaven” were opened. Seriously? Think about it – that water would be well outside our atmosphere. It’s hundreds of degrees below zero in space. That water, likely miles thick, would be frozen solid. So no it wouldn’t come gushing in for 40 days and nights. Not even a trickle. And Earth has launched many spacecraft that have traveled well outside this imaginary perimeter. None of them ever encountered any sort of barrier. And we have pictures of Earth from space. What a pretty blue globe she is, no?

And since the Sun and Moon are supposedly inside the dome, how come no aircraft has ever had to dodge’em? I could go on for pages and pages about why the Firmament is a pants-load, but no point in belaboring the obvious.

But here’s the important point: We know the description of our world in this scripture is false. And yet Christians still insist that the Bible is absolute and infallible. They know it’s BS. They cannot help but know it. So ask yourself – why do they continue to insist that their Bible is without error? More on that later.

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

OK here’s the “Let there be light” thing again. Light has to have a source. It requires the expenditure of energy to create it. So where was the light coming from? What was the energy source that generated the light? All we have right now is Earth and the space it sits in. No sun, moon or stars. No source of heat or light. And vegetation isn’t going to grow in such a cold environment. Let’s suppose there was in fact some mystical (temporary?) light source. Did it generate sufficient heat? If not then the planet was an ice ball. That also means the waters didn’t somehow flow off to fill the oceans since they would have been frozen. And if the water wasn’t frozen, then it would have flowed off on its own. No god required.

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

God could have saved Himself a day’s work if He’d just created the sun, moon and stars a couple of days earlier, right? Then He wouldn’t have needed the mystery light. The verses above bring several points to mind:

  • The author had no idea that the stars were suns made to look small by great distance.
  • If these “lights” were to give light upon the Earth, then what happened to the other light?
  • Man had by this time learned to mark the seasons by the stars. The author simply attributed the cycles of the stars to an agency (God) due to not knowing how they formed. An accurate account of the Creation would have provided at least the basics of this in a manner that even a primitive could understand. The account here is therefore indicative that it was written in ignorance, not inspired by an intelligent Creator.

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

So yeah God only needed a couple of days to make all those animals. We know the Earth is roughly four and a half billion years old. The evidence for evolution is overwhelming. We know how life has evolved and science has some fairly solid ideas about how it began.

And let’s think a moment about just what God would have had to do if Genesis were accurate. He wouldn’t just speak all these critters into existence. He’d have needed to work out how each species functioned in its environment. He’d need to work out the individual functions of internal organs. He’d have had to engineer DNA from scratch. He’d have to decide what senses each creature needed in its environment. He’d have to figure out how food chains would work in each environment. Perhaps God is instead an alien bio-engineer from the future?

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

Here we see human vanity. Of course humanity was created to look just like God. Because we’re the cream of the crop, right? But wait… was God black? White? Asian? Native American? Lots of different kinds of humans wandering around out there. And dominion over the Earth? Oh yes. Of course we’d give ourselves God would give us that. We’re His special creation. The author of the myth had no clue about the workings of nature. And that’s to be expected. But again, if he was inspired by the Creator wouldn’t the tale have been factual instead of a childish fairy tale?

Genesis chapter one doesn’t tell us about how God created Eve. We have to visit Genesis 2:21-23 for that. It says:

21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

So in other words, Eve was Adam’s transgender bone-clone. How heartwarming.

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

And then He rested. And He decided that we should waste the whole morning in church rest on that day as well.

Ok so this wasn’t exactly a hardcore scientific analysis. Then again I’m not a scientist. But you don’t need a PhD to understand that the Bible is not an accurate reflection of reality. It’s a sad collection of myths and impossibilities that unfortunately many people still cling to.

Few Christians today believe the old tale of the Firmament or that the Earth is flat (yes, there are a few). They conveniently ignore the parts they have to admit to themselves are wrong and still swear the rest is all true. And they’ll act as if they firmly believe the Genesis myth even though deep inside they know it’s horseshit. Why? I suspect they’re afraid to do otherwise. They’re afraid to question or to doubt. Many religious leaders teach them that it’s wrong or even dangerous to think upon such things. They’re prisoners of their own dogma, and that’s the saddest part of it all. Nothing is so liberating as when one realizes there is no Hell to burn in.

But knowledge is a tricky thing when it comes to religion. The more you know, the less apt you are to be held under the sway of whatever your local religion is. That’s why for years people were forbidden by the Catholic Church from owning a Bible in English. That’s why evangelicals are lead to distrust science in modern times. And of course it was knowledge that ultimately got Adam and Eve kicked out of the Garden. And, it’s partly why more and more of the younger generations are rejecting religion. People are naturally inquisitive. We just wanna know stuff. And as we learn more about our world and the universe around us, the old tales in the Bible and other religious texts are being rightly dismissed as fiction. And it’s about damn time.

See y’all next time. – AB 🙂

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